District of Columbia Animal Shelter

Find District of Columbia District of Columbia animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


American Horse Protection Association 1000 29th Street Northwest Washington DC 20007 202-965-0500


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1755 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20036 202-232-5020

Animal Shelter 1201 New York Avenue Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-576-6664

City Dogs Rescue 2121 Decatur Place Northwest Washington DC 20008 202-567-7364

Doris Day Animal Foundation 227 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-546-1761

Humane Society of the United States 2100 L Street Northwest Washington DC 20037 202-452-1100

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue 4319 Harrison Street Northwest Washington DC 20015 202-664-4206

The Washington Animal Rescue League-Medical Center 71 Oglethorpe Street Northwest Washington DC 20011 202-726-2556

Washington Humane Society 7319 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington DC 20012 202-723-5730

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Where are the animals at an Animal Shelter from?

Some animals are brought to shelters by owners who cannot care for them. Others are rescued from abuse or neglect. Stray or lost animals may be brought to shelters by the general public or animal control agencies.

Do Animal Shelters euthanize unwanted or hard-to-adopt animals?

Some shelters have a firm no-kill policy and will strive to find homes for every animal they receive. Due to limited space and resources, other shelters may have to euthanize certain animals that are less suitable for adoption because of health or behavioral issues. Animal control agencies may euthanize animals that have not been adopted within a certain timeframe or animals that have shown aggression.

Can anyone adopt a pet from an Animal Shelter?

Generally, any member of the public may adopt a pet from an Animal Shelter. Some Animal Shelters will first screen or interview an individual in order to assess their suitability as a pet owner.